Jared Bednar enters his second season as head coach of the Avalanche after being hired on Aug. 25, 2016. He is the seventh head coach in Avalanche history and the 15th in the history of the franchise.
The 2016-17 campaign was the first as an NHL coach for Bednar, 45, who has spent 15 seasons coaching professional hockey, seven of which have been as a head coach. He owns a 273-214-46 (.555) record, which includes four seasons in the AHL and two in the ECHL.
Prior to joining the Avalanche organization, Bednar guided the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, to the 2016 Calder Cup as AHL champions. The Monsters finished second in the Central Division with a 43-22-6-5 record (97 points) and then proceeded to go 15-2 during the postseason, sweeping both the Western Conference Final and Calder Cup Final.
Bednar served as the head coach of the Blue Jackets' previous AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, in 2014-15 and also spent two seasons as the head coach of the AHL's Peoria Rivermen from 2010-12.
Bednar began his coaching career as an assistant with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL in 2002-03. He took over the Stingrays' head coaching job in 2007-08 and in his second season led South Carolina to the 2009 Kelly Cup as ECHL champions. He posted a .654 winning percentage (89-45-9) in two years as an ECHL head coach.
The Yorkton, Saskatchewan, native was an assistant coach in the AHL with Abbotsford in 2009-10 and later served two seasons as an assistant with Springfield from 2012-14.
Bednar played nine seasons of professional hockey, a career that spanned parts of six seasons in the ECHL with the Huntington Blizzard and South Carolina Stingrays (1993-2002), parts of three seasons in the AHL with the St. John's Maple Leafs and Rochester Americans (1996-2000), and one season in the IHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 1998-99. The defenseman was part of two Kelly Cup championship teams as a player, 1997 and 2001 with South Carolina. Prior to turning pro, Bednar spent three seasons in the Western Hockey League from 1990-93, competing with the Saskatoon Blades, Spokane Chiefs, Medicine Hat Tigers and Prince Albert Raiders.
Jared and his wife, Susan, have a son, Kruz (17) and a daughter, Savega (12).